Torah Buzz Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.


We Listen and Learn from You by Sam Swire, Director of Youth Engagement

This past weekend I had the privilege of helping to staff our 10th graders' annual Confirmation Trip. While most would shy aw...


Reflections Following Pittsburgh by Rabbi Asher Knight

Reflections following Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue November 2, 2018 Tragedy upon tragedy - ripples upon ripples. ...


Meditation’s Surprising Ties to Our Religious Practice by Adam Bernstein

In an attempt to divine some order from mid-life chaos, I recently turned to meditation. The loss of my parents, a health ...

Build Connections with Us by Rabbi Asher Knight

Oct 24

My grandmother and I had an incredible relationship. We traveled to Ecuador, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Egypt together. She introduced me to new ideas, books, art, and music. I remember watching world-events on the news and talking about the unfolding of history. She shared the wisdom gleaned from what she had experienced and seen throughout […]

Find Your TriBE by Andy Harkavy, Director of Congregational Engagement

Oct 17

TriBEs are small groups of individuals, couples, or families that help make our big community feel small. They help every person be a part of something sacred. They help to deepen your connection with other congregants who share similar interests or life stages. They enable you to share Jewish experiences, conversations, and celebrations with other […]

You Matter and So Does Your Vote by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Oct 11

If you have been in the building at temple over the past week or so, you may have noticed a cut out of a person, painted purple, next to a bowl in the lobby holding a number of purple ribbons available to wear as an addition to your outfit. Every October, these ribbons appear in […]

Temple Beth El Follows Path of Three Centuries of Southern Jews (Charlotte Jewish News Editorial, October 2018) by Rabbi Judy Schindler

Oct 04

August 5th marked twenty years since I arrived in Charlotte. By sheer coincidence, I spent my twentieth anniversary of becoming a Southerner immersed in a Hebrew Union College intensive graduate course on Southern Jewry. I spent the week learning from scholars in Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Savannah about the critical role Southern Jews played in the […]

Iyyun for Healing (Yom Kippur 5779) by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Sep 27

A few months ago, in the course of conversation with our summer intern, Student Rabbi Hannah Elkin, she mentioned that her Clinical Pastoral Education supervisor taught her that a preacher must always “preach from their scars, but not their wounds.” I stopped her, “wait, say that again?” “You must preach from your scars, and not […]

President’s High Holy Day Message by Evan Wilkoff

Sep 24

What I am so honored and privileged to see in front of me today is a large cross section of the Charlotte Jewish community: young and young at heart, those of you born as Jews, married to Jews and raising Jewish children, converted to Judaism, living in an interfaith home, and individuals exploring what it […]

Temple Beth El Religious School Keeps Our Kids Connected By Moira Quinn Klein

Sep 21

September is a great month. Temperatures begin to slide from misery to comfortable. So does the humidity, by the way, which means “good hair days” outnumber the “bad”…a reason to love fall that is not to be taken lightly. We celebrate the High Holy Days, Sukkot, and Simchat Torah in quick succession. And moms and […]